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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 5542 laptop.
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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 5542 specifications page.
|Name||Acer Aspire 5542|
|Processor||AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-core processor : 2MB On-Die L2 Cache
AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core Processor : 1MB On-Die L2 Cache
AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor : 1MB On-Die L2 Cache
|Screen||Monitor Size and resolutions
15.6” HD (1366 x 768)
|Graphics||ATI Radeon HD 4200|
|RAM||Up to 4GB|
|HDD||160GB - 500GB|
|Optical Drive||DVD Super Multi|
|Graphics||Works||You will need to install the proprietary ATI drivers for this to work|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested|
This laptop was tested with Ubuntu 9.10.
Most Linux distributions (including Ubuntu 9.10) don't support the ATI Radeon HD 4200. To get this working you need to install the proprietary ATI drivers. See the guides here for details on installing these on a variety of distributions.
With Ubuntu 9.10, make sure you use “Safe Graphics Mode” during installation or you will just get a blank screen when you first boot.
Avoid using the touchpad on/off feature of this laptop. If you turn it off you can't turn it on again without rebooting.
The Acer Aspire 5542 work well with Linux after installing the ATI drivers.